Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or fun party food, avocado toast makes any meal a little special. For a New York minute it was on every chic and trendy menu at exorbitant prices. Yet it was often bland and tasteless leaving one to wonder why you just spent so much of your hard earned money on it! You can make your own that is not only better tasting but is also a fraction of the price. And the best part - it only takes about 5 minutes!
This recipe makes enough for two as an appetizer or one as a meal. Just increase all the quantities if you want to make more for a party.
5 Minute Avocado Toast
Serves 2 as an appetizer or 1 as a meal
1/2 of a ripe avocado, removed from skin and sliced thin lengthwise (see Tips)
2 slices whole grain bread, toasted
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground salt, optional
Place avocado slices on toasted bread. Sprinkle evenly with lemon juice, red pepper flakes and salt. Slice toasts in half (or quarters if you like). Serve at once.
If you are new to using avocados, a ripe avocado will have just a slight give when squeezed. If it is too soft, it is overripe. If there is no give at all, it is not ripe and cannot be used.
To slice, carefully insert a knife lengthwise and slide it all the way around until the two halves separate. Remove the pit by scooping out with a spoon. Remove the "meat" by carefully carving it out of the skin with a spoon. Slice lengthwise into thin slices. Wrap the half you don't use tightly with plastic wrap OR for a no-waste, no-plastic alternative wrap with this plastic-free reusable food wrap.
Add some chopped tomatoes or pico de gallo to the top for even more delicious goodness!